Volunteer Abroad Under 18


Under 18 volunteering is a great way of travelling to new parts of the world and helping worthwhile causes whilst being fully supported

We love that we often have volunteers getting in touch who are under 18 and eager to join a project and volunteer - it's quite an inspiration and at Pod we believe that under 18s should be given the opportunity to volunteer abroad. Under 18s bring alot of passion, enthusiasm and new ideas to volunteering overseas and we know will become global citizens for a better world.

We are delighted to offer under 18s the following volunteering opportunities:

  • Fully supported Group trips for 16 – 17 year olds accompanied by a Pod leader
  • Independent volunteer trips for 17 year olds, travelling on their own or with friends
  • Accompanied volunteer trips that under 18 year olds can join if accompanied by a family member

Fully supported Under 18 Group trips with a Pod leader

Each year Pod runs a specially designed under 18 group trip to one of our long term projects. These trips have dedicated and highly experienced leaders who will support the group throughout the trip. They are a great option if doing your DofE Gold as they qualify for the DofE Gold Residential award.

We are currently offering an exciting Under 18 Group trip to Greece:

Independent Volunteer Trips for 17 year olds

We have several projects that 17 year olds are able to join as individuals or with friends:

These projects have been specifically picked out for the good level of support that the team on the ground are able to offer, ideal for first time solo travellers. At each of these projects, volunteers are picked up from the airport and get to spend their time volunteering in amazing ‘off the beaten track’ locations, working with volunteers and staff that are passionate about animal welfare and conservation.

Accompanied volunteering for under 18s (from age 7 years old and above)

We have a range of projects that can accept volunteers who are under the age of 18 if accompanied by a family member who is over 18.

This is a great way to experience travel and volunteering adventures, forging unforgettable memories with your family whilst gaining great experience to take forward into any future solo volunteer trips.

You can find out more about volunteering on animal rescue, conservation and community projects around the world and the age restrictions for each project on our Family Volunteering page.

Pod liaises with each of our volunteer projects to identify where under 18s are best suited and able to make a valuable contribution to their on-going work. We consider the nature of the work, risk levels, volunteer role and support we can provide onsite and these factors combine to determine which of our projects are best suited for accommodating under 18 volunteers.

Why should you consider volunteering abroad before you turn 18?

Pod Volunteer specialises in ethical, inspired and supported volunteer placements and, by joining one of our trips, you can expect an unforgettable, rewarding experience.

Volunteering can be a life changing experience and we feel that this kind of experience is especially beneficial to young people. Volunteering develops skills which are incredibly beneficial when entering the world of work or further education and will look fantastic on your CV. These skills include teamwork, independence, problem-solving, time management, organisation and decision-making.

You will experience a different culture whilst contributing to an on-going volunteer project which benefits greatly from having volunteers to support their fantastic work. The trips are focussed on assisting the project but there is also time for some relaxation and exploration of the local area.

"This trip was such a positive experience for our daughter! In fact, she has decided to study Animal Science in university and possibly become a Wildlife Vet! Thanks so much for the inspiration for this that you all and this trip provided!"